Qualified Afghan refugees are being denied a shot at harnessing their skills.

In Australia and many other countries the existing legislations and rules have limits imposed on what individuals from a refugee background or the various visa status holders can or cannot study, work etc. Similarly, the existing mechanism for job seekers and unemployment benefits often does not serve the purpose of the Canberra government as well as the beneficiary in the long-run. Australia’s olive branch to Afghan refugees is welcome, but it’s only the first step to healing the scars of the past.

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